Our Changing Planet: Ocean & Marine Life Conservation in Florida

Learn from the amazing professors at Eckerd College about how our oceans are affected by climate change, and meet the researchers who are trying to protect our marine ecosystems.
Program No. 23863RJ
6 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Nationally recognized for its environmental studies program, Eckerd College has played an integral role in western Florida’s landscape preservation, urban planning and natural resource management for decades. Join more than 10 Eckerd College professors in engaging discussions about the state of our oceans in the wake of climate change. In the classroom, study important topics such as threats to coral reefs, evolving sea life, water sampling and local ecology. Then, take your lessons to the Shell Key Preserve and the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium where researchers will help you gain a deeper understanding of the work being done to save our marine life and offer key conservation tips to share with your neighbors back home.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Getting on/off a motorcoach and boat, some walking.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn from environmental studies professors, local fishermen and the Director of Sustainability at Eckerd College during daily lectures on topics from the fishing industry to plastics pollution.
  • Take a field trip to the world-renowned Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium to get updates from the groundbreaking researchers who are protecting our marine life.
  • Enjoy an eco-boat ride to Shell Key Preserve, which preserves sensitive marine habitats, to delve deeper into Florida’s fragile environments.

General Notes

This program is part of “Our Changing Planet” series, exploring the solutions to the challenges of global climate change in communities around the United States. Learn more at www.roadscholar.org/planet.

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